New American Standard Bible
"And he called ten of his slaves, and gave them ten minas and said to them, 'Do business with this until I come back.'
King James Bible
And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.
Darby Bible Translation
And having called his own ten bondmen, he gave to them ten minas, and said to them, Trade while I am coming.
World English Bible
He called ten servants of his, and gave them ten mina coins, and told them, 'Conduct business until I come.'
Young's Literal Translation
and having called ten servants of his own, he gave to them ten pounds, and said unto them, Do business -- till I come;
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Ten servants - Nothing in particular is denoted by the number "ten." It is a circumstance intended to keep up the narrative. In general, by these servants our Saviour denotes his disciples, and intends to teach us that talents are given us to be improved, for which we must give an account at his return.
Ten pounds - The word translated "pound" here denotes the Hebrew "minah," which was equal to about 15 dollars, or 3 British pounds. The pounds here denote the talents which God has given to his servants on earth to improve, and for which they must give all account in the day of judgment.
Occupy till I come - The word "occupy" here means not merely to "possess," as it often does in our language, but to "improve," to employ "in business," for the purpose of increasing it or of making "profit" on it. The direction was to use this money so as to gain "more" against his return. So Jesus commands his disciples to "improve" their talents; to make the most of them; to increase their capability of doing good, and to do it "until" he comes to call us hence, by death, to meet him. See 1 Corinthians 12:7; Ephesians 4:7.
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LUKE xix. 41. And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it. Let us think awhile what was meant by our Lord's weeping over Jerusalem. We ought to learn thereby somewhat more of our Lord's character, and of our Lord's government. Why did he weep over that city whose people would, in a few days, mock him, scourge him, crucify him, and so fill up the measure of their own iniquity? Had Jesus been like too many, who since his time have fancied themselves saints and prophets, would …
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The Rewards of the Trading Servants
Ciii. Zacchæus. Parable of the Pounds. Journey to Jerusalem.
"To one he gave five talents, to another, two, and to another, one, each according to his own ability; and he went on his journey.
"Immediately the one who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and gained five more talents.
"The one who had received the five talents came up and brought five more talents, saying, 'Master, you entrusted five talents to me. See, I have gained five more talents.'
"Also the one who had received the two talents came up and said, 'Master, you entrusted two talents to me. See, I have gained two more talents.'
"And the one also who had received the one talent came up and said, 'Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow and gathering where you scattered no seed.
So He said, "A nobleman went to a distant country to receive a kingdom for himself, and then return.
"But his citizens hated him and sent a delegation after him, saying, 'We do not want this man to reign over us.'
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